This has not been easy. But today we finally have a custom layout for the new weather page. We will probably tweak it a little bit in the near future to get it just the way we want it, but for now, just use it and get used to it.
Nothing is as threatening as change. And yes, we have changed the weather program. Ambient Weather only works on a Windows computer, and we have changed to an IMac. The new program is WeatherCat, and right now we are using their canned gauges and graphs. Going forward, as we develop more skill with this program, we are going to experiment with various layouts. Right now, just about every parameter you could look for is there. I’m just going to try to make it as attractive and legible as I can make it.
We get asked that a lot. Here’s how to get that info: http://cdec.water.ca.gov That is the California Data Exchange Center web site. Once there, click the box, “most popular pages”. Then click “daily data.” Then, to the left, in the Station ID box, enter “bcl” (code for Bucks Lake). Then to the right, click “get daily data.”
Today, May 23, you get data as of May 12. Elevation 5147.34, and Acre Feet, 88302.
In addition to this basic information, if the Geek in you wants more, the site can provide almost any data you can think of, including data clear back to 1928! So, enjoy.
With the latest rain, the lake continues to creep up. Now it is several feet higher than this time last year, and from what I have seen of other lakes on the internet, Bucks looks pretty good by comparison. While it certainly won’t fill, it is already very respectable.
Starting now, and into mid summer is the time to enjoy it. We have had several very good rain events, but not so much snow, so we know PG&E will use the water, and there is not much high elevation snow to replace the water that gets used. But it is great right now and should be for at least another three months. (I hope…)
So, looking for a lake to try this summer? Gotta be Bucks.
Why didn’t this happen in January. Or February. Or March….. Still, we’ll take what we can get. Major thunder storm plus .71″ of rain on Thursday night, then another .36″ Friday night, and 3″ of snow after Midnight on Saturday.
Now let’s see the lake come up a little more…..
So, almost a foot on the ground. Almost forgot what winter is like…Given the temperatures coming the next several days, most of this snow should be gone in a few days. But then, stay tuned for about 7 days from now. First, the models showed another significant storm. Now, they are predicting the same kind of split we have seen so often, but we might just get some precip from the northern part of the storm. So if you plan to be at the lake, keep a weather eye posted…….
And welcome to “spring.: First, no matter what the winter has been like, it ALWAYS storms on Easter. Maybe 3″ by 7 am, and more to follow. By Wednesday night we could have close to a foot. So, then, welcome to “winter.” Are you feeling whiplashed?
Then, next week, more is possible. But after that real spring likely returns. Gotta just go with it…….
People keep asking, “Can I REALLY drive in?” “And if so, do I REALLY not need 4 wheel drive?” Yes, and yes. I even saw a guy riding a bike on Friday. Except for one 30 foot section, (which was melting fast yesterday), the back road is completely dry, as is Bucks Lake Road, and all of the cabin dirt roads are dry with occasional ice patches. So, quit hesitating……
Right now Bucks is looking about like it does in late July or August, and comes up a little each day. Just about all the docks are floating now. I don’t have the PG&E numbers in front of me, but at this point the lake looks better than it did all last summer. Here’s hoping for some more wet stuff between now and June….
Maybe. It certainly is going to get more seasonably cold. I think a little snow dust. Next weekend, maybe a little more. And still cold. We can still hold out hope for a little more wet in March.